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Hoffman Leads U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons

July 15, 2022

Hoffman Leads U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons

CDR Roy A. Hoffman is the new President of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons. He is currently Chief, Aerospace Medicine Research, Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA.

A white man with medium brown hairs smiles into the camera. He is wearing a green uniform and is standing against a medium grey background.Hailing from New Jersey, he is a 1997 graduate of Andrews Univer sity, Berrien Springs, MI. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine, earning his Doc tor in Medicine in 2002. In 2015 he completed a Masters in Public Health with highest honors from the University of West Florida.
   CDR Hoffman’s Navy career started in 2002 with a General Surgery Internship at National Naval Medical Center Bethes da, where he earned Surgery Intern of the Year. He next completed Flight Surgeon School at the Cradle of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, and then joined team “Badman” of Carrier Air Wing FIVE in Atsugi, Japan, serving on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). He then continued in the tail-hook community at the “Providers” of VRC-40 while also serving as Senior Regional Flight Surgeon for Norfolk, VA. During this tour, he participated in Operation Unified Response at Port-au Prince, Haiti, and Operation Harmattan onboard Charles de Gaulle (R91). He finished the tour as Senior Medical Officer onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), leading during RIMPAC 2016 and the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration while rebuilding the medical department to an unprecedented 96% score on the Commander Naval Air Forces, Medical Readiness Inspection.
   CDR Hoffman furthered his medical education by completing both a residency in Aerospace Medicine at the Naval Aero space Medical Institute and a residency in Occupational Medicine at the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine. During residency he was selected as chief resident and is dual board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
   CDR Hoffman most recently finished a tour as Branch Head, Aerospace Medicine Programs, at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, leading Aerospace Medicine’s COVID-19 response and as the Aerospace Medicine Specialist on the Vice Chief of Naval Operations’ Physiological Episodes Action Team while rewriting the aviation physical standards and procedures in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. He has logged over 675 flight hours in 10 different aircraft types and performed medevacs in both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. His personal awards include the COMNAVAIRLANT Flight Surgeon of the Year, Sonny Carter Memorial Award, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one for medevac off USS Maryland), Army Commendation Medal, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.